Logging in to Pinterest can serve up endless hair inspo, but at the same time, it’s easy to feel boxed in by the overload of light brown hair with blond highlights. The color combo (recently given the catchy name of cream soda hair) is super pretty, but if you’re not in the color range already, we have good news. There’s now a similar spin for brown hair, and it’s going to be just as ubiquitous. It even comes equipped with its own beverage-themed name: “Root beer hair” is the gorgeous, warm red tint of highlights that you’re going to want on your head.
What does root beer hair look like? Picture brown with subtle auburn streaks running through, which add dimension and warmth. Once you know its name, you start seeing it everywhere. The red glints are part of the reason Selena Gomez’s hair always looks so fantastic.
One of the first iterations came to us via Sarah Hyland, with the combination also going by “cinnamon chocolate” (the hair world loves a food moniker; see also: “chocolate chip cookie hair” and “citrus hair“).
Root beer highlighters could also be one of the reasons that Kaia Gerber’s hair always looks so sun-kissed:
Another example: the auburn highlights that come out in Olivia Munn’s hair in the light.
Chris Greene, a hair colorist at Beverly Hills’ Mèche Salon, told Refinery29 that the key is to look for rich, warm highlights and lowlights, all within that toasty brown color family. Some stylists are even comparing the hue to hazelnuts, given the similarity in the shades.
If you can stop staring at it for a second, you’ve got a stronger will than we do. And while blonds got the “pastel hair, no bleach needed” trend, this one’s way easier for brunettes to dabble in. A quick gloss or glaze (they’re usually the same thing) with something like John Freida or Rita Hazan’s at-home tint, and you’re set for root beer. The end result: color that looks anything but canned.